The practice of Ayurveda is, in essence, about harmonizing mind and body. And what you eat affects everything. An Ayurvedic diet is an eating plan that provides guidelines for when you eat, what you eat, and how you eat to boost your health, prevent or manage disease, and maintain wellness.
If you follow an Ayurvedic diet, you’ll eat primarily whole or minimally processed foods and practice mindful eating rituals. “Doshas” in Ayurveda refer to your unique physical and mental constitution, which influence your personal well-being. Each person has their own dominant dosha or combination of two or three and your dosha, or combinations, will determine your diet and routine. Your dosha is determined by things like your complexion, eye colour, how you handle stress, body temperature and many more. There are three types dosha:
Kaphas – tend to have larger hips and shoulders and are prone to illnesses such as bronchitis and sinus problems when they are out of balance.
Pittas – have high energy levels and good muscle tone but are short tempered when out of balance. They are also prone to ulcers, allergies and skin rashes.
Vatas – tend to be slender and often feel cold. When out of balance, they are inclined to have arthritis and dry skin.
You can take a free test to see which one you are here: https://bit.ly/37jcqLR
You can find out more about what food to try to avoid and what food is best for your dosha type here: https://www.ayurveda.com/pdf/food-guidelines.pdf
Although determining your dosha can be difficult and the diet can be a little restrictive, there are many pros to Ayurveda. Some of the main benefits associated with Ayurvedic diets include:
- Improved digestive and metabolic processes
- Improved heath of the gut/microbiome
- Weight management
- Enhanced detoxification
- Less anxiety and more inner calm
- Improved fertility and sexual/reproductive health
- Improved efficiency in the excretion process (help passing bowel movements)
- Improved functionality and range of motion due to decreased inflammation